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In the days following the World War II France was a devastated and ruined country 600000 people had been killed 10000 bridges and 1 building out of 22 had been destroyed and losses were estimated at a fourth of the 1938 domestic wealth Dallenne 2004 196 As for agriculture despite several serious damages it was still a vital part of the French economy At the time the majority of the farms were small family holdings equipped with relatively archaic technical means Over one third of the working population was employed in this sector and a farmer fed 7 persons on average I will study firstly the main changes that agriculture has undergone since 1945 with respect notably to the farming techniques and their results to the evolution of holdings and finally to French regions Secondly I will deal with the internal agricultural challenges that France is currently facing then with those linked to international competition and lastly with some solutions that could help the sector to remain dynamic First and foremost deep transformations following the Second World War occurred in the French agriculture A real agricultural revolution Pitte 2001 121-123 converted an activity using archaic methods into a productive and high-standard one There was indeed a sharp increase in the amount of chemicals employed such as weed killers fertilisers pesticides or high-protein feeds and in the number of tractors used -from 20000 in 1946 to more than 12M in 1997 In addition to that high-yield varieties as well as new managing and productive methods imported from the USA improved outstandingly the efficiency of the branch For instance the 1955-2000 wheat and corn yields respectively quintupled and sextupled while the quantity of milk per cow tripled Forgetting the post-war rationing and shortages France became the foremost agricultural nation in the EEC Gildea 1996 104 and after the United States of America the second largest exporter in the world Another major change
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